Semi formal & casual
Left. The Argyll jacket is an extremely useful
addition to the wardrobe in that it can be worn for semi formal
occasions during the day but is also suitable for evening events
where wearing anything more formal would be out of place. The
custom seems to have arisen at weddings, that Prince Charlie
jackets (coatees) are essential wear for the groom and his best man
- no doubt because that's what kilt hire shops stock in great
numbers. The Argyll jacket would often be much more in keeping with
the event and is certainly worth serious consideration.
The Argyll is longer than the Prince Charlie and has a double vent
at the back and is normally worn open although it can be
fastened at the top button. It's seen most frequently in black
barathea but other coloured barathea and other fabrics such as
velvet can also be used and it can be worn with a matching or
tartan waistcoat as an optional extra. Photo Kinloch
This is an appropriate moment to introduce what is undoubtedly the
most elegeant of outer garments - the Inverness Cape. If it should
rain in Scotland (which has been known) or the temperature
drops to a chill, it offers the most fashionable and practical
protection. Made famous by the fictional Sherlock Holmes it's
suitable for both men and women and comes in a wide range
of fabrics, waterproof nylon (universally adopted by pipe bands the
world over), Gore-Tex, 100% wool barathea, tweeds and even in the
famous Harris Tweed.
Unlike most raincoats and overcoats, the Inverness cape has no
sleeves but has a wide cut in the sides to accommodate the arms.
This allows the wearer to access a sporran without unbuttoning and
opening up the cape. Photo Kinloch Anderson.
Left. This is an extremely useful jacket for Highland
Dress daywear and looks particularly good in green or blue Lovat
tweed. It's frequently seen at weddings in a plain charcoal grey
which offers a very welcome change from the ubiquitous Prince
Charlie. Photo Kinloch Anderson.
Right. Tweed waistcoats are a great investment
that can be worn with their matching day jacket or used separately
as a 'cool' addition to the casual wordrobe. Photo Kinloch
Left. Jacobite shirts are very popular with younger
Highland dress wearers but care should be taken in choosing
one - the style suits some fabrics better than others and a good
cotton or linen shirt will look much more in keeping than some of
the 'shinier' fabrics. Photo Kinloch Anderson.